Photos from the front: the California oil spill in pictures

Mongabay: On Tuesday, an underground oil pipeline burst near Goleta, California, spilling crude oil into the Pacific, soiling beaches, killing marine animals, and coating birds in oil. Whales and sea lions were spotted in the spill area, where two slicks totaled 9-miles long as of Wednesday evening. The spill took place not far from the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, site of an incredibly diverse marine ecosystem that is home to 18 cetacean and 3 seal species. The ruptured pipe was discovered......

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